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Talabani seeks foreign investment in Iraq

Talabani seeks foreign investment in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told the U.N. General Assembly Friday his country is trying to build a democratic state open to all sects and ethnicities.
Hikers held in Iran for 2 years overjoyed to be free

Hikers held in Iran for 2 years overjoyed to be free

MUSCAT, Oman, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- One of two U.S. hikers freed by Iran Wednesday told reporters he and his fellow captive were "so happy ... and so relieved" to be free.
Maliki can negotiate on U.S. troops

Maliki can negotiate on U.S. troops

BAGHDAD, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Iraqi leaders are considering the possibility that some U.S. military trainers will stay in the country after the withdrawal deadline, a statement said.

Wedding massacre perps get death sentence

BAGHDAD, June 16 (UPI) -- Iraq's Central Committee Court sentenced to death Thursday the perpetrators of the 2006 massacre at a marriage party in Duleil, a judicial spokesman said.

Iraq gets third vice president

BAGHDAD, May 13 (UPI) -- The former education minister in Baghdad was voted in unanimously as the country's third vice president, officials said Friday.

Iraq's Talabani backs protester demands

ERBIL, Iraq, March 17 (UPI) -- Kurdish leaders in Iraq support peaceful demonstrations in the province of Sulaymaniyah, said the Kurdish president of the central government in Baghdad.
Iraqiya calls for action in new government

Iraqiya calls for action in new government

BAGHDAD, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Members of the secular Iraqiya slate in Baghdad called on leading political figures to decide on top Cabinet posts for a new government, a lawmaker said.

Cables: Iraq needs U.S. to curb neighbors

BAGHDAD, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Iraq's leaders complain that all of its neighbors are meddling in its affairs, leaked U.S. diplomatic cables show.
Iraqi PM told to form new government

Iraqi PM told to form new government

BAGHDAD, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was told Thursday to form a new government after eight months of political stalemate, the president's office said.
Aziz team appeals to Iraq's president

Aziz team appeals to Iraq's president

ROME, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The legal team representing former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz called on Iraqi President Jalal Talabani to pardon the Christian leader.
Iraq's Talabani upbeat on new government

Iraq's Talabani upbeat on new government

PARIS, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- There is a consensus on a national unity government in Iraq, leaving only the distribution of ministers left as an obstacle, the Iraqi president said.
Talabani airs opposition to Aziz sentence

Talabani airs opposition to Aziz sentence

PARIS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told a French news agency Wednesday he wouldn't sign an execution order for former deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.
Talabani won't sign Aziz execution order

Talabani won't sign Aziz execution order

PARIS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday he won't sign the execution order for former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz.
Iraqi milestone: Agreement on leaders

Iraqi milestone: Agreement on leaders

BAGHDAD, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Eight months after elections, and with the Sunni-backed coalition walking out of talks, negotiators agreed who would fill Iraq leadership posts, officials said.
Iraq strikes upbeat tone at U.N.

Iraq strikes upbeat tone at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Significant advancements have been made in Iraq since U.S.-led military forces removed Saddam Hussein from power in 2003, the Iraqi president said.
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Iraq's President Jalal Talabani speaks during during celebrations for Nowrouz (Persian New Year) on March 27, 2010 in Tehran, Iran. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
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Jalal Talabani (Kurdish: جەلال تاڵەبانی Celal Tallebanî, Arabic: جلال طالباني‎ Jalāl Tālabānī; born November 12, 1933) is the sixth and current President of Iraq, a leading Kurdish politician. He is the first non-Arab president of Iraq, although Abdul Kareem Qasim was half Kurdish.

Talabani is the founder and secretary general of one of the main Kurdish political parties, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). He was a prominent member of the Interim Iraq Governing Council, which was established following the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime by the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Talabani has been an advocate for Kurdish rights and democracy in Iraq for more than 50 years.

Talabani was born in 1933 in Talaban Village and descends from the Talabani tribe that has produced many leading social figures. He received his elementary and intermediate school education in Koya (Koysanjak) and his high school education in Erbil and Kirkuk. In the late 1950s Mustafa Barzani sent him to Syria to study law. He is fluent in Kurdish, Arabic, Persian and English. Talabani has a record of lifelong activism and leadership in the Kurdish and Iraqi causes. In 1946, at the age of 13 he formed a secret Kurdish student association. His youngest son, Qubad, is the representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government in the United States.

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